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Healthcare.gov Undergoes Changes, Faces Scrutiny As Clock Ticks Toward Mid-November Start Of Open Enrollment

The New York Times reports that a redesign to the federal marketplace will allow a majority of consumers to use a simpler online form when attempting to buy health coverage, and The Associated Press details findings out today by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general that report on government hackers' attempts to breach the site.    

The New York Times: Healthcare.gov Is Given An Overhaul
The Obama administration is redesigning healthcare.gov and says that 70 percent of consumers will be able to use a shorter, simpler online application form to buy health insurance when the second annual open enrollment period begins in mid-November. Federal health officials said Monday that the shorter application had fewer pages and questions, fewer screens to navigate, and would allow people to sign up with fewer clicks of a computer mouse (Pear, 9/22).

The Associated Press: Government Hackers Try To Crack Healthcare.gov
The government’s own watchdogs tried to hack into healthcare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability -- but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site’s security features. Those are among the conclusions of a report being released Tuesday by the Health and Human Services Department inspector general, who focuses on health care fraud (9/23).

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